Now if you just read the title to this post and automatically got “that song” stuck in your head, I do apologize.
However, I feel after lurking around social media, on sites like Fetlife and Tumblr, I’ve come to the conclusion that for some people in our community, respect is nothing more than a word.
Now what do I mean by this? Am I trying to start petty drama because someone hurt my feelings on some forum? No, absolutely not! What I’m trying to say is there are people in our community who have somehow lost all sense of reality and treat others with no sense of respect. They think it’s okay to treat people like they are some object, piece of meat, or as just meaningless words on a screen that don’t have any feelings. What they fail to realize is these people in our lifestyle and community are not just individuals who are brave enough to bare their souls to random online strangers on our kinky forums, but they are human beings as well.
Unfortunately the majority of this disgusting behavior comes from my fellow men and is usually directed towards young females, but of course this isn’t always the case. I’ve seen women display this utter lack of respect to their fellow kinksters as well. But why is that? What makes this type of behavior okay? Are people really that careless about the feelings of their fellow men and women or are they just trying to get some sort of rise out of them?
I do know that some people out there think that disrespecting or degrading another online is somehow funny and think their victims or others around them should participate in their laughter. Personally, I think it’s ridiculous when people think disrespect of that sort is funny in any way. It comes down to the age-old adage of “walk a mile in their shoes”, and ask yourself how you would feel if someone online made a disrespectful comment about you. I’m sure you would think it’s hilarious right? Probably not.
Now some of you would (hopefully) say “but Mr. Welt’s if I’m being disrespectful by the things I say, what should I say instead?”, and that’s an excellent question! However, instead of coming up with ways to be a polite and charming member of the online community, my friend and 2014 Spankingblogg Spankee of the Year Winner Alex Reynolds has already done an excellent posting that addresses that very topic. You can read about it at her blog here:
Thanks for your time today and remember to always treat each others how you would want to be treated, with dignity and respect. Stay tuned as I have a fairly large announcement coming up about some big changes that are about to be happening in my life and hopefully for this blog as well. Have a spanktastic weekend!